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post #181 of 541 Old 08-21-2007
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Here is a book I've had for a while. It includes solar panels and wind generators.

Managing 12 volts by Harold Barre

Follow this link to amazon and you can look at the table of contents.

http://www.amazon.com/Managing-12-Vo.../dp/0964738619
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He could just be the grandson of a sailor.
it just might be? hmmmm
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Can't agree that Hornblower descriptive writing, especially sailing and fighting are anywhere near as good as PO'B. Hornblower is great in and of itself, but POB took it to a whole new level in Aubrey/Maturin. Love the Dewey Lambdin "Alan Lowrie" series! Very earthy. Don Casey's "Dragged Aboard" is a great intro to cruising for anyone who hasn't done it. Dutton's Navigation.
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Thanks from me also for all the work you did on this thread. I'd recommend moving the Annapolis Book of Seamanship to the top of your to-be-read stack. It is a bit dry (as has been mentioned elsewhere), but for all out usefulness, it's hard to beat. I actually regret not reading it sooner.

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PS TDW, you're a lucky dog, er... wombat. love those used bookstores!
After telling my wife several years ago that I knew how to sail, the Annapolis book helped me to come through that overstatement more or less unscathed. It is near the top of my list as well.
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I just finished Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum, highly recommeded.
Another of my favorites.
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All of Bernard Montessier's books are quite good. Alone in the Roaring 40's is another great one by Vito Dumas. One of my fav's though is Voyage of Madmen by Peter Nichols. Knox-Johnson & Montessier sail on in this book like only most people dream of.
I lent it to my dad, a nonsailor, and he is now also on a sailing book kick.
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Anyone ever read this? I just stumbled across it and it sounds fun.

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On the fiction side, don't forget the classics by Kenneth Roberts, "Northwest Passage", "Lydia Baily", "Captain Caution". Non-Fiction "Dutton's Navigation".
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[QUOTE=Jotun;183279]Anyone ever read this? I just stumbled across it and it sounds fun.

It's a lot of fun - very light reading - I can really recommend it.
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Ignore this Kernix, its already on your list. Godforsaken Sea by Derek Lundy is an incredible read, is a relatively good tutorial on racing yacht design (the author assumes you know nothing), describes the racing route with in depth detail, and you come away thinking that the guys that climb Everest are a bunch of wussies.

Godforsaken Sea is about one of the solo races of the Vende Globe. This is a good time to read it as the next race is November of 2008. Its safe to say this is the toughest of all the single handed races out there, in fact I'd say the toughest of all sailing races.

The race begins in France and sails down into the roaring 40's, the howling 50's, and the screaming 60's. The sailor rounds all three Capes. The route is a circle around Antarctica and is the only place in the world where the ocean can run without land impeding it around the world; hence incredibly bad weather with some fierce wave action.

I have read many of the "classics" of single handing and a number of racing disaster books; this has to be one of the best written and researched and will keep you interested all the way through.

Here is a link to the Vende Globe home page:

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/
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